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by Erik_Kowal
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A title on a ship
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: A title on a ship

I spent a lot of my early working years in shipping, twenty-eight of them actually, and I give you a mnemonic uttered with horrible regularity by the Chief Docks Foreman at Swansea Docks, "A boat goes on the boat-deck, a ship goes on the sea". There are numerous exceptions to the foreman's 'rule' a...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Semi-aquatics
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Semi-aquatics

Mrs Gingrich has stated, "When he was small, my Newt went to a minuscule".
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Be seeing you
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Be seeing you

Both meanings can be correct, depending on the nature of the relationship between the people concerned. Conventional greetings are so-called phatic expressions, which Wikipedia defines as "communication which serves a social function such as small talk and social pleasantries that don't seek or offe...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Is the sky really blue? Some hunter-gatherers don’t describe colors the same way most people do
Replies: 0
Views: 24

Is the sky really blue? Some hunter-gatherers don’t describe colors the same way most people do

I decided that it would be almost impossible to present the most salient information from this very interesting new article published by Science without posting pretty much the entire piece. So I've restricted myself to just the opening paragraph: "Ask almost any child in the developed world what co...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Drink
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Drink

1. I drink because I enjoy {it / the taste}, not to get drunk.
2. Pressuring {a person / someone} to drink {too much / to excess} is unacceptable.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: North Korea

I believe it's quite a hit with the general pubic.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: North Korea

Bobinwales wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:55 pm
Thank you for the corrected spelling Erik. I thought it was bad enough with an 's', the 'z' makes it even worse.
The 'Merkins like spelling zees, so it seemed only right.
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: North Korea
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: North Korea

The North Koreans are already missilized. Didn't the, uh, 'American gentleman' actually mean "nuclear warhead-missilized"?
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A kind of system
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: A kind of system

Those objects are known in Britain as rising bollards, retractable bollards or automatic bollards . They are generally used to allow buses or other authorized vehicles to pass over them while blocking most other traffic. Some installations are designed to detect such vehicles and retract automatical...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Kiss and make up
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Kiss and make up

The expression can be used for any combination of sexes, though it is probably best avoided in contexts where it might give rise to faulty inferences about the nature of the relationship between the parties involved. In such situations, you can simply say "make up". It can also be used (somewhat fac...
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: A Cautionary Tale

Phew, Bob! You dodged a bullet there!
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Alcoholic smell
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Alcoholic smell

"She {stinks / reeks} of alcohol!" ("Her {breath / clothes} reek (etc. ...)".) For some reason, English speakers tend not to single out the body of a person for special mention in this context unless there is a particularly salient reason for doing so (for instance, if the person has been arrested o...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 0
Views: 57

Gratitude

A man stops at a farmhouse to buy some eggs. From the kitchen, he can see a pig with three legs lying on the living-room sofa being fed bon-bons by the farmer's young son. The visitor asks the farmer about it. "Him? Well, our lad Tommy fell in the well one day. The pig was the only one who saw him f...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Wrong lane
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Wrong lane

I would not describe the white car as being in the wrong lane, for two reasons: 1) The driver of the car has crossed the centre line in order to avoid endangering the pedestrians walking along the edge of the carriageway, so there is no question of faulty driving: provided it does not violate any ov...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: 2 plus 2
Replies: 0
Views: 42

2 plus 2

Tommy's parents had tried everything to help his math grade: tutors, flash cards, "Hooked on Math," special learning centers, everything. When nothing worked, In desperation they enrolled him in the local Catholic school. On the very first day, he came home with a serious look on his face, went stra...